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As if being vocal director and a lead character understudy in the school show wasn’t enough stress, Louise, of L6D, immediately plunged into a demanding national choral training residential course during the Easter holidays.

She said: “I finished doing the school show Little Shop of Horrors, had a day off and then immediately left for the National Youth Training Choir course, which was an intensive one-week event at an Oxfordshire boarding school, leading up to a concert.”

For the final concert students were expected to memorise words and music of 12 songs in six languages in different styles ranging from classical Indian music to others sung in Finnish and a South African dialect.

There were 124 Year 11-13 music students on the course, but luckily Louise had three other fellow members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir to keep her company during the daily tuition and rehearsals running from 9am to 9pm.

Louise, who started singing as a seven-year-old in the Liverpool Philharmonic Melody Makers, said: “I was surprised and delighted to get on this course. You can scare yourself thinking am I good enough to be with the country’s best young singers? But it was a terrific experience.

“It really helped me develop as a musician in multiple styles. I also learnt a lot of techniques for when I teach back at Blue Coat. It was really nice to be part of such a big choir and the sound of so many voices and such a varied repertoire was amazing.

“It could have been overwhelmingly intense, but it was nice to be around other students from all over the country who had similar thought processes and there was some time for socialising which was good fun.

 “There was no accompaniment (except for a tuning fork at the start), and although we learnt the songs phonetically we had to know the meaning of what we were singing so as to convey the appropriate expression and emotion. 

“There was no certificate for best singer or anything like that, but it’s a stepping stone and following this I’d love to go into the National Youth Choir which is for the 18-25-year-olds age group.” 


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